Enrollment at the nation’s 101 HBCUs increased by 2% during the 2016-17 school year, to nearly 300,000 students, according to the most recent federal statistics. More than half of the nation’s black doctors, attorneys and judges come from HBCUs.
Graduates wait to take their seats at the 132nd Spelman College commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at the Georgia International Convention Center. (Photo: ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/SPECIAL TO THE AJC)
Spelman said it will use its funds to support to recruit and retain faculty as well as other purposes, such as developing curriculum in emerging areas like data science and analytics.
Morehouse said it will use the funds for similar purposes and, additionally, to increase faculty research productivity by providing sabbaticals and seed funding for various projects. The college had planned staff furloughs to close a budget gap, but reversed course last month.